Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Em tagged me for this meme, and I have to apologise for being so tardy at running with it. I love a meme, but between you and me have trouble finding anything about myself I rate as "interesting" or even "weird". Heaven help me if I ever get tagged for a "100 things" meme!

So, in accordance with the rules, here are the rules.

1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.

1. I shower, and wash my hair, every day. I will only not do this if I am in the middle of nowhere without access to a shower. Some people need coffee to start functioning; I need a shower. And if I dont wash my hair, by 1pm its lank and greasy and disgusting and look like I haven't washed it in a month. I dont use products or anything, its just really fine.

2. If I could have a single wish granted, it would be to be able to sing. Not Ella Fitzgerald or Kate Cebrano kind of singing talent, just to be able to sing approximately in tune, hit and hold a note, and not have everyone else turn and stare when I open my mouth. I sing completely flat and I wish more than anything that I could sing just a little.

3. I hate the beach. I love the idea of the beach, and seeing the beach, and the ocean and the colours, but I hate the sand and the salt water and the hugeness of the ocean and the power of it. Its hot and there's no shade and the sand gets EVERYWHERE and you're surrounded by "beautiful people" and they leave their cigarette butts in the sand. Yuk. Totally overrated if you ask me.

4. I moved from my home town of Melbourne to Darwin, 4000kms to the north (very tropical), when I was 22 to do a PhD. I bought a big red 4WD, packed up my stuff and drove north. My parents thought I was insane. I didnt know a single person there, but it seemed like a good idea. It was the best 5 years of my life and even though I have since lived 6 years in Sydney and moved 12 months ago to Canberra, Darwin still feels a bit like home (Melbourne aside). I "grew up" there and it made me a better person.

5. I was vegetarian for 10 years. It was prompted by a school project I did at 16 about the use of animals for scientific research, which led me to find out more about how animals are raised for human consumption. And a whole lot of related stuff that I wont go into now. But then I got more into cooking and became less idealistic and activist (ie. more selfish) and gradually started eating fish, then chicken, then red meat again. And see point 6.

6. I love meat pies. (warning: veggos or those with a queasy stomach probably shouldnt read much past the first bit of that page, esp the bit under "nutritional value"). It is my take-away meal of choice, but usually only from a bakery, rather than a mass-produced brand from a take-away shop etc. When they're bad theyre awful, but when I find a good one, its fabulous. Im not so much into "gourmet" pies (thai chicken curry, satay beef, and so on), but prefer standard beef, beef and mushroom or beef and pepper. With tomato sauce, of course!

7. In year 10 English (fourth form or fourth year of high school), my teacher wanted to give me different work because she thought the standard class work was too easy for me and I should challenge myself. I said no, because I didnt want to be seen as different from my classmates. Being "clever" isnt a good thing when youre 15 years old. As a result I got a "B" that year (my only B grade in English ever). I have regretted my decision ever since - not because of the B, but because I wonder what I could have achieved if I has let myself be challenged. (I still have issues with challenging myself!)

So now I have to tag a few people. I'm not totally up-to-date with blogs after the last few weeks, so I apologise if you've already been tagged in this recent round.

You're it: Donni, kms, Dood, Tinkingbell, Kuka, Five ferns fibreholic and Ilikecraft.


Rose Red said...

#2 - yep, that's me too. And also I love meat pies - the real question is, how do you eat them?

In high school, I used to put sauce in the middle (ie poke the squirty sauce bottle through the crust), and then sauce on the top. I'd peel the top off and eat that, then eat the filling out with a spoon. Then eat the base. Too much information? (sorry...)

TinkingBell said...

AAhhh a meme (I too like meat pie - but hardly ever eat them - my faves are steak and mushroom or meat and potato!

Bells said...

Ditto on the beach and the meatpies! And I eat my pie the way RoseRed does (or did?)

I should wash my hair everyday, being the owner of curly and fine hair, but I get lazy.

That move to Darwin is so impressive.

MadMad said...

Oh, see? Now I thought those WERE interesting. I feel the same way about the beach, and wish I had a meat pie.

kms said...

very interesting. not surprised about darwin. i grew up like that in canberra so will always have a soft spot. i am surprised about the singing tho, i thought you would have a good voice for some reason! and now i have to find weird things about myself. you are not that weird you know.

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

I'm only partly with you on the beach thing. I love the ocean, the smell of the water, the sounds, swiming in it, I love walking on the sand....etc. Now if I could only get rid of the beautiful people, the cigarette butts ahnd find some way to keep sand out of those places.......they really ruin the entire seaside experience for me.

Donna Lee said...

I agree with the shower thing. I wash my hair everyday or else I feel dirty. But I love the beach. I love the hugeness of the ocean. I don't love the crowds and avoid some beaches becaue of them.

Em said...

I'm with you on the shower thing. Coffee's wonderful, but not half so effective as a hot shower. Your move to Darwin sounds amazing, you could always tell us stories about "growing up" there when you're feeing short of topics for the blog. You know, I can't sing worth a damn (just ask my family, they'll tell you), so I have to content myself with playing instruments instead. It sometimes feels like a pale comparison. Thanks for doing the meme, I secretly love these things!